, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 5 – Police have been allowed to continue holding three teenagers believed to be accomplices of the alleged mastermind of the Mandera massacres.
Senior Principal Magistrate Elena Nderitu allowed anti-terror police to hold Musa Daud Hassan, Maslah Daud Hassan and Shukri Abdi Salat for 14 days at the Kilimani Police Station.
The 16 year-old boys are thought to be accomplices of Salim Abubakar Kitonga, who is believed to be the man responsible for sneaking explosives into the country and recruiting agents for terror group Al Shabaab.
They were arrested on January 25.
Investigating officer Hassan Montet said: “The police believe the three and Kitonga are directly connected to the frequent terror attacks in Mandera.”
Montet added that the accused persons were nabbed with some SIM cards of victims in the attacks.
The court heard that the suspect was not presented before Mandera court as it was not sitting.
According to anti-terror police, the three are Somali nationals.
Kitonga is believed to be behind the December 2014 terrorist attacks in Mandera where 64 people were killed.
He has been on the police most wanted list.
He was remanded for 14 days to allow police extend their probe to various parts of the country.
The court also ruled that should the police fail to complete investigations in 14 days, the prosecution can apply to hold them further.
In a sworn affidavit, Montet told the court the officers required 20 days to wrap up investigations in Mandera and other towns where the accused persons and Kitonga are believed to have operated from.